movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Mar 12 2015, 10:01pm | 9 comments
What makes a carwash American, I wonder…? (Near King’s Cross.)
Americans are supposed to care about their cars? Surely not still being a byword for rich and glamorous?
Cars are a byword for freedom. Mass transit = communism.
I wish I was exaggerating.
Mass transit = communism.
Especially the subways in communist New York, renowned for its zero income gap and equitable wealth distribution. ;-)
British attitudes towards American things are strange, and I suspect very highly generational: in the 1970s it was “it’s all shiny and wonderful over there” (we didn’t hear so much about the race riots), in the 1980s “they’re going to blow up the world”, etc.
I didn’t say it was a rational belief. :-)
You thought America was “all shiny and wonderful” *in the 1970s?* Now that IS strange. :-)
That’s not the image that was in the papers. Compared to Britain, the US *was* pretty shiny. I still remember my first visit to the UK…and the Brit Rail tea from an enormous aluminum pot. It had a certain flavor.
See, now I’m going to picture British Rail cars that look like giant teapots:
In the first class carriages, you could get tea from this: http://collectionsonline.nmsi.ac.uk/detail.php?type=related&kv=443392&t=objects
The problem was, if you were elsewhere on the train, if you were lucky enough to get access to refreshments, it was more likely to come out of something far more industrial. I have a distant memory of getting tea from an urn (like coffee is) that was already sweetened and milky. It had a distinct metallic aftertaste.
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